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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> this is bbc world news live at westminster for a day of high political theater. they will discuss questions over the phone hacking scandal. rupert murdoch, his son james, rebekah brooks prepare for questions. >> also coming up on the program, the shuttle atlantis departs the international space station for the very last time. also from the comic book to the stage, that man makes a theatrical debut. -- batman makes a theatrical
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debut/ . ♪ ♪ >> welcome to the houses of parliament, the mother of all parliament. will it be the mother of all battles today between the mp's and the murdochs. it has been tailing weeks of political crisis that has taken the politics and the police. many journalists and camera crews hurt joining here behind me. we are waiting -- are joining here behind me. we are waiting for questioning of the people. we will bring you the live updates here. the house of commons media and
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committee is made up of a cross parsee of selection from members of parliament. they will begin by questioning the news corp. chief rupert murdoch and his son james. it will ask the former chief executive rebekah brooks to give testimony. they want to find out how much they knew about phone hacking. there has been a lot of speculation about what will emerge. will there be grandstanding or probing? -- about 80 people are inside of this room.
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rupert murdoch needs to police -- please not only his shareholders but his network from the world. a lot of focus has been on his business dealings. >> for more than four decades, his newspapers have been calling british politicians to change. today, the tables will be turned. rupert murdoch is a reluctant witness before the committee. among the numerous questions he faces is when exactly did he know the scale of the alleged phone hacking. his son james will be challenged of allocations over an attempt to cover up. why did he authorize payments to some victims of hacking to buy their silence?
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and the former chief executive will be asked to explain what she meant when she told an organization that the worst is yet to come. the casualties of the scandal are two policemen. they will be questioned as well. [unintelligible] the prime minister is cutting short his trip to africa. he will make a statement to the comments tomorrow. david cameron is fending off accusations that his his decision to hire one person was a colossal error of judgment. >> there are issues raised about the press. you expect leadership from the prime minister.
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>> a former reporter on the newspaper explained that one person knew about the hacking. police say there are no suspicious circumstances. the timing of the tragedy is one more twist in this extraordinary story. >> i am joined by a deputy prime minister. thanks for joining is. your phone has been hacked. you have been on the warpath on this story. is it going to be pure theater today? >> i have been trying to fight this for three years. they kept denying that it happened. i hope the committee today, which has a typical job, to get
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them to tell the whole truth and not just bits of it. >> what about some being sanctimonious about the whole thing? >> i was in government and was constantly concerned how leaders get in this enterprise. [unintelligible] there were those in the minority. they have to get the message across. they do that. >> what price is to be paid? what is altered by the fact of having close links with them? >> the real problem is the
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influence -- they have that influence on the election. paul and all these others -- my relationship with the press has not been a great one. >> surely politicians should be making their views heard and have good relationships with journalists. >> there are different types of journalists who do what murdoch tells them. some have their view. they are independent. we all have their part to play.
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>> what are the killer questions? >> tell the truth. tell the full truth. murdoch was saying yesterday that he did not know about it. he needs to install the truth. -- in some of the truth. -- answer the truth. >> his conscience is clear on the whole thing. >> he has apologized for what he said. he knows the evidence was there, he just did not want to use a file to investigate it. >> how big a day is this today? >> it is a big day for
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parliament to make sure they can answer the questions. powerand get subpoena back in the committees. >> all things were joining us. -- thanks for joining us. [unintelligible] these pictures have come in the last hour or so. a public-relations company has been brought into news corp. is helping murdock prepare for this. it seems to have changed their approach.
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from rupert murdoch said there were only minor problems and told this to american news -- newspapers. but in britain, he apologized to the british public for the hacking scandal. the real question is what will be amended in a select committee today on questions on whether or not there was a cover-up. this has shaken many of the foundations of the british political scale. >> four decades, -- for decades, rupert murdoch has towered over britain's. but what will remain of him? has this shifted the balance between politicians and media in britain? >> the relationship became too close.
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we all want the support of newspaper groups and broadcasting organizations. do we spend enough time asking questions how these organizations are regulated? there is a new chance to do that. that is what we are born to do today. >> a spotlight a listing on the relationship between the british and the media elite. politicians in the former leaders are distancing themselves from news corp.. >> the politicians are pleased about that. >> as the murdoch's in a prepared for the committee, some believe it is a moment for catharsis for politicians. will the day-to-day dealings with politicians and lobby
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correspondence change? >> i do not think it will change one bit. life will go on as normal. the house of commons where the journalists and the mp's under the same roof. they want the public to read about their policies. >> some may find the day-to-day relationship between them and perishable, the focus has been the undocumented meetings between them. [unintelligible] nobody knew what was discussed. >> we have to distinguish between journalists. what has gone wrong is the proprietors and those that own these things have been calling the shots, deciding what the editorial policy is.
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it depends on whether or not they had dinner with a politician. that is wrong. >> the pressure on rupert murdock remains intense. there are key questions to be answered by brooks, james and rupert. are they committed to exposing what they know? how answer these questions can have a significant impact on british journalism. >> with me now is john who wrote and interesting column about this. it is important to get the british conservative party has a team strategist. david cameron said last week it is his responsibility. >> what is going on is
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politicians trying to get away for responsibility with any to close contact with the murdoch's. >> is the prime minister trying to protect his chancellor? >> absolutely. a weak point is that the former editor worked for the prime minister. he was recommended it to the prime minister but the chancellor, the nuber two in the government. because he is in charge of the economy, his reputation is very important. >> how damaged is the government and rupert murdoch? >> the former editor is not working for the government anymore.
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david cameron can say, that is the past, that is not what he told me and is not working for me anymore. >> will he sell his newspapers? >> i have no idea. i think the times, the sun, and the sunday times -- the murdochs could relinquish control. there is pressure for them to do that. >> thanks for joining us. we will speak to our own political correspondent traveling on a trade mission trip to africa, where prime minister david camera has to cut short that trip. there is criticism for him being
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away at this great political crisis. >> the prime minister was abroad when this crisis began. he was seen by many as being on the back foot as results to coming to this story late. he is having a short trip here in south africa. he is coming back early tonight. he must prepare for the statement he will make to parliament tomorrow. he has to answer questions on the back of the evidence sessions that take place in parliament today. >> things. -- thanks.
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we are looking at the political fallout and how this is affecting david cameron. police are being questioned along with the murdochs with brooks after james and rupert. live coverage here on bbc world news. stay with us. back to you. >> plenty more to come. the caped crusader is alive on stage. a foreign minister has offered to resign following an explosion at a naval base that killed 13 and destroyed an island's major allegis the power station.
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the president is coming under growing public pressure to stand down. ministers have been aware of potential dangers at the naval base for several years. >> 1310 and the primary source of electricity destroyed when confiscated explosives carelessly stored at the island's naval base was accidentally detonated. the political package is likely to be even greater. it was an accident waiting to happen. percival years, government ministers ignored calls to make it safe. the defense minister and head of the national guard have already left. now the many wonder how much the government knew. one person has offered his resignation. there is some precedent public
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anger. this is a challenge never before faced by a separate leader. with the last of the island's main power plant, widespread electricity cups have been introduced as the summer tourism season reaches its peak. bbc news, cyprus. >> youth unemployment has continued to rise over the world. jobless rates among 15-24 is at a record high 13% across the globe. that is 81 million people. the worst affected is a spain with the sovereign debt crisis looming. time for the headlines here on "bbc world news." james murdoch has arrived at
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news corp. headquarters in london. he will testify in parliament with his father of for the phone hacking scandal. the whistle-blower has been found dead in his home. a french boat is a heading towards the cause a strip in attempts to break is really blockades. we go live there to get the latest from john. what do we know about this vessel? >> it is difficult to get an actual -- accurate picture of what is going on at the moment. what the israeli navy is saying is that they have contacted a ship and asset to divert its course from gaza or turn back. some are saying the boat is being followed by israeli navy
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vessels. this is a small boat carrying 10 pro palestinian supporters, a few journalists, and a few crew. it is nothing like the artillery ships that came last year. >> what will the policy be of the israelis if the boat keeps heading in the direction of dawson? >>g regionaza? -- gaza? >> it is very small and they are not planning to be violent. from israel's point of view, they are pretty relieved with what is happening over the last few weeks.
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this boat was part of a larger flotilla bringing hundreds of pro palestinian supporters. those boats were setting sail from greece but were prevented from doing so by greek of porgies. -- authorities. they pressured israel into easing some of its restrictions on gaza. >> and the american space shuttle atlantis have undocked from the international space station. the astronauts left givefts befe closing the hatch. it is expected to land in florida on thursday. japan's government has banned
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all cattle shipments from an area near a nuclear plant due to concerns about radiation in meat. , while off, a och high batman hits the hall is will yeah tour britain and the rest of it -- he said it will tour of britain in the rest -- into the rest of europe before hitting the united states. b >>atma >> the super hero with many names have has been portrayed in
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many forms of media. with a comic book, you had only imagination. the question is can the actual production where everything has to be done for will live up to the spectacle that we would expect from this iconic character? according to those behind the show, it is combining its ambitious theatrics with a story that the audience can relate to. >> what is the biggest challenge? we can do all of the bells and whistles, the flying, fighting, and the huge stunts. but unless there is a relic of
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this story, all of that would seem peripheral. >> -- unless there is a relatable story, all of that would seem peripheral. >> there is pressure for any actor. you have pretty big shoes to fill. plays, but i get b play to batman. you habve tve to find your own batman and the finding the truth of the story.
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